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Puccini: Tosca Blu-ray

United States
TDK | 2006 | 119 min | Unrated | Jan 27, 2009

Puccini: Tosca (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1

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Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Italian: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English, German, French, Spanish, Italian

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Single disc (1 BD)
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Puccini: Tosca

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Puccini: Tosca Blu-ray offers decent video and superb audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release

Oren, Raimondi, Alvarez

For more about Puccini: Tosca and the Puccini: Tosca Blu-ray release, see Puccini: Tosca Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Fiorenza Cedolins, Marcelo Álvarez, Ruggero Raimondi, Marco Spotti, Fabio Previati, Enrico Facini
Directors: Loreena Kaufmann, Hugo de Ana

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Puccini: Tosca Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC, and granted a 1080i "live" transfer Giacomo Puccini's Tosca arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of TDK.

This is the first US-distributed release by TDK to reach my desk, and I was very excited to see how it will compare to the strong Blu-ray discs we have been seeing from Opus Arte and Arthaus Musik. Suffice to say, fans of classical music will have yet another label to cherish as TDK are certainly a name you want to remember if opera is something you like.

Recorded live at Arena di Verona in July of 2006, Tosca has been framed in 1.78:1. The transfer TDK have provided is indeed very good looking – the picture is sharp and vivid, contrast lovely, and detail impressive. The color-scheme is also strong. Furthermore, the massive stage of Arena di Verona is filled with spectacularly rich decors, though the spot-lighting definitely allows for a clean and very detailed look. This being said, there are two issues with TDK's Blu-ray transfer that I hope will be addressed in the future. First, the motion-judder ranges from average to strong. Unlike what we have seen from Opus Arte and their "live" transfers, this release occasionally suffers from image distortions that I believe some will be unable to tolerate. For example, when the camera zooms it is fairly easy to notice the image "smearing" we refer to as "motion judder" (quite a bit of it is noticeable even during traditionally less susceptible to the issue close-ups) . Second, I was able to detect some very strange jerky movements (in addition to mild shimmering that pops up during selected scenes) that should have been addressed. From what I could tell, these are courtesy of a specific camera which covers the right side of the stage. To sum it all up, the basics for a terrific "live" transfer are certainly here. If TDK addresses the motion-judder described above, just as Opus Arte did some time ago, I am convinced that we will be looking at a company with a very strong roster of classical releases. (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc which you will be able to play on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location).


Puccini: Tosca Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are two audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: Italian: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Italian: PCM Stereo. Before I address the audio tracks and their quality, I would like to point out that Tosca was recorded live at what basically is an open-air venue as big as a large football stadium. So, even though acoustically Arena di Verona provides a terrific environment for an opera performance, it is probably a real nightmare for recording engineers. This being said, the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is definitely quite strong. The balance between the orchestra and the singers is mostly well-handled and I did not detect any disturbing hissings, pops, or cracks to report here. On the other hand, the rear channels aren't exceptionally active. As far as I am concerned, the mostly enhance the orchestra accompaniment which the PCM track splits up evenly and in a more modest fashion. Furthermore, while the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track comes off as the slightly more potent one, I don't necessarily believe that it offers greater depth of sound (again, it is fairly easy to hear that because of the venue and how Tosca is staged the open air absorbs quite a bit of the music). Still, the overall "live" experience is certainly better captured through the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, and I recommend that you opt for it when viewing this disc. For the record, TDL have provided optional English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian subtitles for Tosca.


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